Anneliese Burgess, Pistorius’ spokesman, confirmed that he has “decided to resume a low-ley track routine,” which will also allow him to prepare mentally for the trial.
The statement also added he “is not contemplating a formal return to athletic and his training is not aimed at preparing for competition.”
Burgess added, ““His focus at this time remains entirely on the court case. His family, and those close to him, have encouraged him to spend a few hours a week on the track to assist him in finding the necessary mental and emotional equilibrium to process his trauma and prepare for the trial.”
Pistorius is accused of deliberately shooting the 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp in his bathroom on February 14, Valentine’s Day, in Pretoria, South Africa. He denies the charge, stating that he believed she was an intruder, whilst he has since been granted bail after a pre-trial hearing earlier this year. The murder trial will begin on August 19.
Meanwhile, June and Barry Steenkamp, June’s mother, have been discussing their plan to sue Pistorius, as the death of their daughter have left them in financial peril.
June stated, “Our hearts just feel broken. But we have no choice but to sue. Pistorius has placed us in this position. We are struggling financially. Reeva was helping us. On the night she died, when she was on her way to Oscar’s house, we talked about her sending us money to pay our cable television bill.”
She then added, “I was fretting because I thought I was going to miss her first TV appearance. She told me not to worry, she would send money the next day. She regularly helped us with food and utility bills.”